Parent News

Summer Term 2020
Friday 12 June 2020

History VE Day Commemorations

The VE Day 75 celebrations may already be a distant memory, but our Humanities department have just announced the winner of their memorial design competition, which closed at the end of half-term. Congratulations to Year 10 student, Phoebe Rayner who wins a £10 Amazon voucher for her beautiful, well-researched and thoughtful presentation, including a fantastic model of a Spitfire. All of the top entries will be displayed throughout the Humanities department when we return to school.
History VE Day Commemorations
In addition, our History team held an online VE Day themed quiz during the first week in May – 124 students competed against each other, answering over 1500 questions in the process. Well done to them all!

Harry Potter – Maths Escape Room

Following on from last week, here is Problem 2 of Miss Bartlett's new maths problem solving activity, based on Harry Potter Harry Potter – Maths Escape Roomand the Escape Room concept. Each week we will be sharing one Happy Potter based problem for everyone to solve as a light-hearted way to get students thinking!

Learn more about Racial Prejudice

Learn more about Racial PrejudiceIn light of recent events, this week’s recorded assembly has been put together and delivered by Mr Chitsakamile. It is based on his personal knowledge and experience of prejudice. We recommend that all students and parents view this powerful assembly – Click Here (please ensure that students are signed into their Google Account to access the presentation).
To supplement this our Literacy and Numeracy coordinator has put together a reading list for those students who wish to further educate themselves, on the topic of racial prejudice. There is a range of texts for all age groups. Some of the titles have been highlighted for older students; these recommend that parental permission is gained before reading, as these include some upsetting adult content. Many of these books are available as free Amazon Audible Audio Books (as part of a free 30-day trial). Follow this link for the list of suggested reads.

Becoming Over Whelmed?

Becoming Over Whelmed?
Any member of your family may feel a sense of becoming over-whelmed by the way we are now having to live our lives. This could be studying or working from home, being unable to escape from the pressures of living in close proximity to other family members during lockdown, missing contact with friends, having to socially isolate or trying to cope with distancing rules.
Becoming Over Whelmed?Our Mind Matters team have developed a method to help with thoughts and feelings of being over-whelmed. ‘The Worry Diary’ is a form of counselling for students and parents, who are struggling and need to get thoughts out of their head, without having to speak to anyone. When revisiting their diary, individuals can tackle single issues by focusing on that alone and form a more positive approach to their thinking – Click here to access the Worry Diary Idea